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Linda Seger, visiting from Colorado Springs Friends Meeting, will explore the following question: How do we make spiritual decisions about our votes, particularly during such a contentious election season? Dr. Seger will discuss process, methods, reflections based on her book, Jesus Rode a Donkey: Why Millions of Christians Are Democrats, with some comments from her book Spiritual Steps in the Road to Success: Gaining the Goal without Losing Your Soul. Linda is the author of fifteen books. She will join us at 6:30-7:00 for snacks and visiting, and the discussion will take place 7:00-8:15 pm.
Live Oak Friends Meeting invites The Heights and the greater Houston communities to join them for the dedication of the Children’s Annex to their Little Free Library on Sunday, September 25, at noon. Refreshments will be provided.
For three years, the original Little Free Library under a shade tree along the front fence has been a neighborhood treasure—people find a book they would like to read to take with them, leave a book they have finished for someone else to enjoy.
They leave notes in the log book about how much they enjoy it, and sometimes they ask for something, like more kids’ books. Friends listened, and responded with building a “Little Little Free Library” in part from wood recycled from the original floor of the Meetinghouse. It is positioned near the original, but slightly lower down for easier access for kids.
The Little Free Library movement began in Wisconsin in 2009 when one person built a miniature one room school and filled it with free books in his front yard as a tribute to his mother who loved to read. Picked up by someone seeking a community development project, it quickly grew into a movement to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges and is now worldwide with nearly 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges. The one in front of Live Oak Friends Meeting was the one of the first in The Heights and the fourth in Houston, now there are a many others, but few that focus just on children’s books.
More about the Little Free Library movement: https://littlefreelibrary.org/
Join us at 9:20 This Sunday, Sept. 18 to listen to a representative of Black Lives Matter Houston and learn what we might do to help improve equal rights and justice in Houston. Bring your questions.
Albert Munn will lead a discussion of Bishop John Spong's book on the Gospel of John.
The August 17th Wednesday Discussion Group and Worship has been cancelled due to street flooding near the Meetinghouse. We will resume next week on Aug 24th.
Jim Garson will minister to us again with Hawaiian slack-key guitar, a refreshment for the soul and a balm for a troubled heart.
Bill Mize will continue our discussion of the book Conversations with Christ, by Gwyn. The book deals with the Gospel of John, considered the most mystical of the four gospels.
The group will continue its exploration of worship sharing by responding to the verses from Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
How do you experience the peace that passes understanding?
This coming Sunday at 9:20am we will be discussing the conclusion, "The Sustainable Friends Meeting: Occupy!" in A Sustainable Life. Reading before hand is helpful but not necessary.
AVP BASIC WORKSHOP
THE ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROJECT
SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 2, 2016 (FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY)
AVP is dedicated to reducing violence: on the streets, at work, in schools, in homes, and in relationships everywhere
AVP provides tools for creative, nonviolent resolution to conflicts used by peace workers such as Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus of Nazareth, and many others
The Basic AVP Workshop is fun and empowers personal growth—an interactive, intensive, 2½-day experience that hones interpersonal conflict-resolution skills. Experiential exercises, small groups, and one-to-one interactions build community and trust around the themes of:
- Affirmation & Self Esteem
- Communication & Cooperation
- Creative Conflict Resolution
Mission Statement: AVP is an all-volunteer organization offering experiential workshops that empower individuals to liberate themselves and others from the burden of violence. Our fundamental belief is that there is a “power for peace” in everyone, and that this power works through individuals who are open to it to transform violence to nonviolence. AVP builds on a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others.
- Workshop Day Hours Location for all sessions:
- Schedule Fri 9/30 7 pm to 10 pm Live Oak Friends Meeting
- Sat 10/1 9 am to 9 pm 1318 West 26th Street
- Sun 10/2 1 pm to 5 pm Houston TX 77008
Registration Fee: $75.00, or whatever you can afford (no charge for students). Scholarship grants for this fee are readily available. The fee includes light meals (lunch and supper on Saturday, and supper on Sunday). There will be optional vegetarian dishes, and please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Accommodations: If you are coming from a distance, we can arrange for hospitality in the home of a member of the Houston Friends Meeting.
Please register now. The workshop is limited to 20 participants.
To hold your spot we ask for a deposit of $25.00. Checks to AVP Texas, please. The registrar is Kevin King. Kindly call 713 two zero six 8072 or email kcking99 - at - gmail.com
Workshop - meeting address is on the LOFM website: http://friendshouston.org